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What makes you get multiple sclerosis?

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In brief: Not fully understood

Multiple sclerosis is a very complex disease.
There is a large collection of research identifying certain genes (most governing control of the immune system) as both increasing risk and potentially protective against MS (based on studies of populations). Environmental and hormonal factors may also play a role in individuals with a background genetic risk.

In brief: Not fully understood

Multiple sclerosis is a very complex disease.
There is a large collection of research identifying certain genes (most governing control of the immune system) as both increasing risk and potentially protective against MS (based on studies of populations). Environmental and hormonal factors may also play a role in individuals with a background genetic risk.
Dr. Virginia Simnad
Dr. Virginia Simnad
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In brief: Risk factors

Genetic susceptibility which can run in families, a history of ebstein-barr virus, such as infectious mononucleosis, prior smoking, possibly a high salt diet, growing up north of latitude 42, low levels of vitamin d.
All increase risks, but we do not actually have the full explanation for cause.

In brief: Risk factors

Genetic susceptibility which can run in families, a history of ebstein-barr virus, such as infectious mononucleosis, prior smoking, possibly a high salt diet, growing up north of latitude 42, low levels of vitamin d.
All increase risks, but we do not actually have the full explanation for cause.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: MS

It is an autoimmune disease so there is really nothing that causes you to "get" this disease.

In brief: MS

It is an autoimmune disease so there is really nothing that causes you to "get" this disease.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Dr. Jack Mutnick
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